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Insights Why are civil and structural engineers important for the future of Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a global, financial and commercial hub. The thriving city is lined with innovative, world-class infrastructure that has been designed and built by astute architects and engineers to enable people to go about their daily lives. Those working in these disciplines, such as civil and structural engineers, are therefore crucial to the further development of the city.

At AtkinsRéalis , we have built a strong reputation for our engineering capabilities in Hong Kong. Operating via our Atkins and Faithful+Gould brands, we’ve delivered countless infrastructure projects that have enhanced the city’s economy whilst also enriching citizens’ lives. Keep reading to find out how you can embark on a successful career in civil or structural engineering at AtkinsRéalis in Hong Kong.

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What do civil and structural engineers do?

Both civil and structural engineers are integral in the successful delivery of infrastructure projects. Civil engineers are responsible for designing, building, and managing infrastructure projects, including roads, railways and sports stadiums. The world is reliant upon civil engineers to deliver some of the most important infrastructure that enables connectivity and global transportation, making a tangible difference to people’s lives, such as the a 1.3km underground extension of the Tung Chung Line in Hong Kong.

Structural engineers are responsible for designing the strength, durability, and stability of a structure such as a bridge or building. Working alongside architects and other engineering disciplines, they ensure that a structure is fit for purpose, safe to use and that it can stand up to variable weather elements and significantly, climate change.

What does the future of Hong Kong look like?

In Hong Kong, the construction sector is worth around £30 billion per year , and with many new infrastructure opportunities arising, an engineering career in Hong Kong is certainly an exciting prospect. Engineers from all around the world flock to Hong Kong because of the quality of life and the abundance of opportunities that are available. Wendy, for example, grew up in Canada, gained experience in New York, and ultimately relocated to be part of rapid growth in our Hong Kong office.

The construction industry in Hong Kong is forecast to record growth of 3.3% in real terms in 2021, owing to the global economic recovery and the government's investment in infrastructure projects to stimulate economic growth. We are also expecting to see an average annual growth rate of 2% in real terms between 2022 and 2025, therefore the opportunities rising in Hong Kong are exciting.

Structural and civil engineering in Hong Kong

With a growing and ageing population, engineers in Hong Kong are required to show innovation in order to help provide new and more efficient infrastructure systems that are necessary to accommodate more residents. As the city recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are going to see a focus on digital techniques combined with more innovation. The evolution of a concrete digital twin, for example, has helped speed up concrete casting in Hong Kong and overall, digital technology has been a source of relief for the sector.

If you’ve just graduated and you’re looking to get your engineering career started, Hong Kong is the ideal place, particularly at AtkinsRéalis , where our skills lie in the expansive area of infrastructure. Our civil and structural engineering expertise encompasses designing and delivering buildings, transport infrastructure, information communications and security systems, and utility services. We work for an array of clients, including national and local governments as well as the commercial sector, but ultimately, we know that what we deliver is for the benefit of society. The social and environmental framework of our work is therefore crucial, and we view all our projects in the context of the communities in which they are delivered.

Engineer your career at AtkinsRéalis

At AtkinsRéalis , our technical and digital capabilities and understanding of clients’ needs span from early-stage feasibility, design to project management. Our engineering strategies are based around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and earlier this year, we announced our commitment to Net Zero Carbon in ‘Our vision for engineering a sustainable society'. Our sustainability strategy and career opportunities entice civil engineers from around the world to join us and work on our portfolio of exciting projects.

Browse our available engineering jobs in Hong Kong and join one of the largest and most innovative engineering and project management consultancies in the world.